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Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time.
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Overview

Tenderly, joyously, sometimes in sadness, sometimes in pain, Maya Angelou writes from the heart and celebrates life as only she has discovered it. In this moving volume of poetry, we hear the multi-faceted voice of one of the most powerful and vibrant writers of our time.
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"The wisdom, rue and  humor of her storytelling are borne on a lilting  rhythm completely her own, the product of a born  writer's senses nourished on black church singing and  preaching, soft mother talk and salty street talk,  and on literature: James Weldon Johnson, Langston  Hughes, Richard Wright, Shakespeare and Gorki."  — The New York Times Book  Review.

"Black, bitter and beautiful, she speaks of  our survival." — James Baldwin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553255768
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 86,339
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was raised in Stamps, Arkansas. In addition to her bestselling autobiographies, including I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman, she wrote numerous volumes of poetry, among them Phenomenal Woman, And Still I Rise, On the Pulse of Morning, and Mother. Maya Angelou died in 2014.

Biography

As a chronicler of her own story and the larger civil rights movement in which she took part, Maya Angelou is remarkable in equal measure for her lyrical gifts as well as her distinct sense of justice, both politically and personally.

Angelou was among the first, if not the first, to create a literary franchise based on autobiographical writings. In the series' six titles -- beginning with the classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and followed by Gather Together in My Name, Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas, Heart of a Woman, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, and 2002's A Song Flung Up to Heaven -- Angelou tells her story in language both no-nonsense and intensely spiritual.

Angelou's facility with language, both on paper and as a suede-voiced speaker, have made her a populist poet. Her 1995 poem "Phenomenal Woman" is still passed along the Web among women as inspiration ("It's in the reach of my arms/The span of my hips/The stride of my steps/The curl of my lips./I'm a woman/Phenomenally/Phenomenal woman/That's me"), and her 1993 poem "On the Pulse of the Morning," written for Bill Clinton's presidential inauguration, was later released as a Grammy-winning album.

Angelou often cites other writers (from Kenzaburo Oe to James Baldwin) both in text and name. But as often as not, her major mentors were not writers – she had been set to work with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. before each was assassinated, stories she recounts in A Song Flung Up to Heaven.

Given her rollercoaster existence -- from poverty in Arkansas to journalism in Egypt and Ghana and ultimately, to her destiny as a successful writer and professor in the States – it's no surprise that Angelou hasn't limited herself to one or two genres. Angelou has also written for stage and screen, acted, and directed. She is the rare author from whom inspiration can be derived both from her approach to life as from her talent in writing about it. Reading her books is like taking counsel from your wisest, favorite aunt.

Good To Know

Angelou was nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Nyo Boto in the 1977 miniseries Roots. She has also appeared in films such as How to Make an American Quilt and Poetic Justice, and she directed 1998's Down in the Delta.

Angelou speaks six languages, including West African Fanti.

She taught modern dance at the Rome Opera House and the Hambina Theatre in Tel Aviv.

Before she became famous as a writer, Maya Angelou was a singer. Miss Calypso is a CD of her singing calypso songs.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Margeurite Johnson
      Maya Angelou
    2. Hometown:
      Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 4, 1928
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      High school in Atlanta and San Francisco

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    Recommend

    Although the book arrived in great condition, it did take a little longer than I had hoped - perhaps because of the holidays.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    Poems - by Maya Angelou

    I love Maya Angelou! She could not write anything bad, even if she tried! She is truly a LADY, a SCHOLAR, a SISTER! Need not many words, just go out and buy it, keep it, give it as present! She is very special person in my heart!

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    What a collection!

    This little book contains all of my favorite Maya poems; A Conceit, Phenomenal Woman, Still I Rise, Caged Bird. It is small enough to carry around with you when you're in need of a little inspiration, but complete enough that you don't feel you're missing anything. Great collection from an amazing poet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    a reviewer

    This fantastic book of verse and poetry is a must read. It¿s filled with golden nuggets. I keep a copy in my car for inspirational reading. One of the most moving poems is ¿Still I Rise.¿ The words of this poem remind us that the spirit is capable of rising above all odds and obstacles. Allowing for normal reflection of our youth is ¿Harlem Hopscotch.¿ One cannot help but reflect on the days of sidewalk games, acting cool, and getting to sing and to hop. The poem allows us to recall such fun days. Having intestinal fortitude is shown in ¿Just Like Job.¿ It reminds us that even though life is a struggle, victory is there when we call upon God our creator. He hears our pleas and attends to our needs. This book is one of encouragement and motivation. As a result, it relaxes the soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Inspirational

    I have heard of Maya Angelou when I was a young girl. I have never really picked up a book of hers until this year. I have been missing out on a lot b/c she is a surpurb writer and very inspirational. I look forward to reading more of Maya Angelou's books and other African American Aurthors. Go Maya! Thank you for sharing your words w/ the whole entire world. Dee, Miami, FL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    what inspiration really is

    Maya Angelou knows how to write poetry from the heart - a gift few have. I turn to her for inspiration and confidence in my own poetry, and I know through her work anyone can learn to perservere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2000

    Maya Angelou's Poems Are Enchanting

    Maya's poems are exellent! I Gave them 5*(*****)I gave her poems ***** bacause they make me feel happy and good about myself! I love to read,especially Maya's poems!I read them when ever i can> In spare time even if I only have a minute or a whole day!If i could I'd go higher maybe (**********) 10 star but I cant so i gave her poems 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    INSPIRATIONAL THEMES (POEMS)

    I THINK THE BOOK IS THE BOMB BECAUSE IT IS A VERY GOOD AND EDUCATIONAL BOOK.THE BOOK HASA SPIRITUAL VIBE AND THE POEMS ARE MORALLY OUT STNDING

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    Posted August 14, 2009

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